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The Composition of the Pentateuch: A New Theory (Third part)

The elements of  the so-called Deuteronomism are the centralization of worship in the Temple of Jerusalem, the confession of faith in JHWH, the search for identity of Israel and the corresponding uniqueness of the Law. The phenomenon called “Deuteronomism” is the fundamental reform that led the formation of Judaism of the times…

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The Composition of the Pentateuch: A New Theory (Second part)

The post-exilic reforms of the jewish community were inspired by the so called King Josiah‘s Reform (cfr. 2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chr 34). The first reform was the centralization of worship in Jerusalem.  Deuteronomy 12 – the chapter which opens the so-called “Deuteronomic Code” (Deut 12-26) – speaks about that reform.…

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The Composition of the Pentateuch: A New Theory (First part)

Although the book of Deuteronomy is located at the end of the Pentateuch it plays a central role in the formation of the Pentateuch. Substantially Deuteronomy invites the readers to remember (in Heb. zaqar) and to listen (in Heb. shama) the commands given by God to Moses and to observe them in everyday…

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